The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru celebrated the International Mother Language Day on February 21. On this occasion, cultural events representing different mother tongues of India were organised in commemoration of the celebration.
Prof B N Pattanaik, former professor of linguistics, IIT Kanpur inaugurated the programme. He equated mother tongue as a bridge between different generations and a channel for the transmission of knowledge over generations to generations. He further expressed his unhappiness over the underrepresentation of mother tongues in the verbal repertoire of people and said that our own languages are becoming endangered in the capital cities of India. Prof Vikram K Das, retired Senior Professor of Linguistics, spoke on the role of mother tongues in a diasporic context and Prof. V Giridhar Rao of Ajim Premji University, Bangalore delivered a lecture on ‘Esparanto as a Home Language’.
After the inaugural session of the programme, an event for the release of new books was held. In this event, 14 books representing various mother tongues and different facets of language studies, were released. Prof. D.G. Rao, Director, CIIL, Mysore presided over the session.
Prof. Umarani P, Deputy Director, CIIL, briefed about her previous research experience of working with speakers of the minorities languages of Tibeto-Burman family and expressed her concern over the state of endangerment of those languages.
Dr L Ramamoorthy, Officer in-charge LDC-IL, welcomed the gathering and briefed about the significance of the Mother Language Day. Dr G Prabhakar, Pankaj Dwivedi, Sujoy Sarkar, Aleendra Bramha and Dr Prem Kumar delivered lectures on the occasion on different aspects of about mother language. Shri. Tariq Khan proposed the vote of thanks.